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Abba Moro assures of FG’s eagerness to restore peace in Nigeria

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The Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, on Monday in Abuja said the Federal Government would not relent in its effort to restore peace and harmony to the country.

Moro made the comment at a training workshop on Principles and Practise of Alternative Dispute Resolution jointly organised by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the Institute for Conflict Resolution and the UNDP.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Anasthesia Nwaobia, the minister said “no meaningful development can be achieved in a country faced with conflicts.

“A country faced with challenges ranging from communal clashes, violence, inter-religious conflicts, armed conflicts and other vices cannot experience any growth.??

He commended the collaborative efforts of the NSCDC, the UNDP and the Institute for Conflict Resolution in seeking solutions to the conflicts in the country.

Earlier, the NSCDC Commandant-General, Dr Ade Abolurin, said it was the responsibility of all Nigerians to seek ways of restoring the country?s past glory as a peaceful nation.

He called for stronger collaboration between government organisations in the quest for peace and tranquility in the country.

He expressed the hope that the workshop would find a meaningful solution to vices such as kidnapping and violence.

Dr Daouda Toure, the UN Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative of UNDP, said the training of NSCDC officers would provide an important building block and resources for peace building.

Toure, who was Rrepresented by the UNDP Country Director, Ms Ade Mamonyane-Lekoetje, urged the participants to be focused as the skills acquired would be useful to address critical security challenges facing the country.

He pledged UNDP?s continued partnership with government and non-governmental institutions in the area of conflict prevention and peace building.

Toure said the UNDP was determined to bring Nigeria back to its glorious past when peace and inter-group harmony reigned supreme.

“A peaceful and stable Nigeria is a sine qua non to a peaceful and stable West Africa in particular and Africa in general,?? he said.

In his comments, Dr Joseph Golwa, the Director-General of the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, said the training was aimed at finding flexible means of resolving conflicts in Nigeria.

He said it was targeted at providing alternatives to litigation as well as facilitate the process of dispute resolution and arbitration in the country?s legal system.

He added that the training aimed to equip and enrich NSCDC officers with options to be used during conflicts as well as foster appropriate dispute resolution mechanism.

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